Desktop is empty and not working after using external display

Discussion in 'macOS' started by appleaphid, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. appleaphid macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    (Not sure whether this is software or hardware related)

    So I did a powerpoint presentation using my MBP (late 2008, OSX 10.6.2 updated yesterday) and a Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. Afterwards, I unplugged the projector, then the adapter and closed the screen without looking.

    When I opened the screen, surprise!:
    - desktop is empty: background image is visible, but all files & folders are gone
    - all running applications are still functioning properly
    - clicking on the desktop or dragging a file to the desktop does nothing
    - content of desktop is accessible through Finder
    - there are no other usernames in the HD>Users folder

    I have not tried a reboot, because I heard of similar symptoms (without the mini DisplayPort) being related to username issues and people loosing all their data as a result.

    Anyone has a clue?
  2. Pablo631 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2010
    Reboot, or if you can get to the system preferences , select detect displays from displays. But a reboot should work just fine otherwise try booting up in safe mode. Hold down the shift key just after you hear the mac start up chime. If that works, then just reboot normally.
  3. Jamo12 macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2009
    This happened to me once... I freaked out until I realized I accidentally closed Boy did I feel stupid. But yeah reboot if you can.
  4. powerbuddy macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2006

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